Saturday, March 3, 2012

One reason I hate backstitching...'s Reason #1. I'll show you Reason #2 when I finish it!

This is "Tatty Teddy Little Hearts." I started this little piece back in 2005. I finished it about an hour ago, March 3, 2012. It only took me SEVEN years to finish! I'm not even sure what I'll do with it now. Part of me just wants to roll it up and stick it in a drawer!

The reason why? All that backstitching! What makes Teddy so cute is all of his "tattiness." I can't tell you how many times I picked this up, put in a few stitches, and then threw it back in the WIP pile. My only resolution for this year is to try and finish as many old WIPs as I can.

When looking at something new to stitch, the first thing I do is see how much backstitching it has. It has to be pretty much "none" for me to even consider it these days.

So, here's Tatty Teddy upclose.

Here's the back. Another reason I'm not thrilled is how messy it is, and it's BECAUSE OF ALL THAT BACKSTITCHING!

Okay, I've vented, I feel better.

If you are a glutton for punishment OR if you actually don't mind backstitching, and you think you would like to stitch this (after my ringing endorsement), I'm giving the pattern away - including the extra thread which I think there is enough left to make him again. I figure I should at least try and give this pattern a new home rather than the trash can I was thinking about tossing it into.

Send me an email or leave a comment letting me know you would like to have it and I'll gladly run down to the post office and send it your way. First one to ask gets it!

Happy Stitching


Anonymous said...


I'm new to your blog.

I love your Tatty Teddy!
I've stitched one of these kits before and I agree with you about the backstitch. It really does bring the little fellow to life though.

Chris said...

He is very cute. I hate backstitching too :)

Jody said...

I love tatty and would love a chance to stitch if pattern is still availabe. And I think your stitched piece is adorable :)

heidistitches said...

Hi Jody,
Thanks for the compliment! The pattern is yours. Just send me an email at with your name and address and I'll get it sent out right away.

Mallaurie S. said...

I've never tried backstitching (or any kind of stitching-I couldn't sew a straight line to save my life!) but this little guy is precious.